Listen sharp, Beatles fans; the good news is true! There is a new Beatles documentary on the way, and it’s going to be directed by Academy Award-winning Ron Howard. The film will document the Fab Four’s earlier years when they were primarily touring, from Liverpool’s Cavern Club (where it all started), on to Hamburg (where they ditched the jeans, donned black and did speed to keep playing all night), and finally to the band’s last show in 1966 in Candlestick Park of San Francisco. The intent is to highlight the result of their touring, the creation of “Beatlemania,” which was an entirely new phenomenon that forever changed culture the world over.
Howard said in the press release statement, “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964. Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.” This will be Howard’s second documentary, his first being “Made in America,” which featured viewing the Made in America festival in 2012 through the Jay Z’s eyes. The Beatles documentary will be produced by Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment with contributions from surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison representing late band members (their husbands), John Lennon and George Harrison.
Though the film is yet untitled, and has no release date, it is fully authorized. When One Voice One World presented the idea to Apple Corps Ltd., the company began extensive worldwide research on the The Beatles’ early days, even inviting fans of the Fab Four to send in paraphernalia that might help the film’s production. This includes everything from photographs, clips of home movies, recordings, and any visual or audio materials that give insight into the early days of the Fab Four’s live tours, and especially Beatlemania.
FDRMX understands your barely-containable excitement, so if you want more on the film, or if you would like to participate in the project by providing materials from the Beatles’ live tours, check out the film’s website. Also check out the Encyclopedia of Music‘s article George Harrison’s Here Comes the Sun Turns 45 Today. For you hard-core Beatlemaniacs, read up on Paul McCartney news as well as a review of his latest music video “Early Days.”